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    Bad food but Big Tip

    Vacationer Rita had enjoyed a pleasant meal at News Cafe. The tropical crowd and tropical sky had competed with each other for her attention, enhancing the sometimes dreary business of eating alone. She signaled to the waiter for her bill. He scri...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 16, 1993
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    Not Trendy, Thank Goodness

    With each new wave of hype and publicity heralding Ocean Drive as the world's hot spot for fun and fashion, Lincoln Road Mall becomes more appealing to residents of South Beach. It's a sanity check during the height of the season, a place whose sm...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 10, 1993
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    Keen on the Aegean

    On Corfu, as on many Greek islands, where one lodges determines the breadth of experiences one may have. We were staying at Maria's Place, a neon-pink shack that stood directly on the gold table of beach, and we were content. But the infallible ro...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 3, 1993
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    The Mein Attraction

    If restaurants, as some say, have become the theater of the Nineties, then Ken Chan should grab the award for best actor. Or maybe for special effects. Chef and owner of Peking Noodle Gourmet Chinese Restaurant, Chan has carried the theater image ...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 24, 1993
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    Get Stoned for Dinner

    How many people took Geology 101 in order to fulfill their college science requirement? "Rocks for Jocks," as it was known, came recommended as a "gut" course A passing grade guaranteed. You may assume I am not gifted in the physical sciences. You...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 17, 1993
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    Maiko Break

    In 1992, the Year of the Woman, Madonna was hailed as a shrewd businesswoman (which she is, despite what you may think of her). Barbra Streisand was acknowledged to be a powerful political ally. And Cindy Crawford broke the bonds of silent beauty to ...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 10, 1993
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    Tuscan Ye Shall Receive

    The starving artist. Men and women dedicated to a life of culture. Everyone knows they lack two things: the physical desire for nutritive sustenance and the money to buy it. Starvation is practically a prerequisite for the production of any important...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 3, 1993
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    I Dream Of Tahini

    Western women are not restricted but are certainly discouraged from touring the labyrinth that is Tangiers. Their bare limbs and naked faces upset both the male and female populations; their activities, such as dining in public, make them a threat. N...

    by Jen Karetnick on January 27, 1993
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    Opening With A Bang

    No local resident needs to be reminded that Manhattan and Miami are now enjoying the lucrative benefits of their seasonal trade agreement -- tourist dollars for sand dollars. We need only to drive past the lines at Wolfie's and Rascal House, or watch...

    by Jen Karetnick on January 20, 1993
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    Nantucket South

    Most people associate Tony Roma with the huge ribs-and-chicken chain that bears his neon name. Some might even link him to the popular Playboy Clubs he opened for Hugh Hefner during the Seventies' bunny bonanza. But few would trace him to the incepti...

    by Jen Karetnick on January 13, 1993
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    A Saigon Made Safe for Americans

    In 1880 English land agent Charles C. Boycott was viciously ostracized in Ireland by those who, despite working on their native land, were required to pay taxes to him. Since that time, "boycott" has taken various meanings, including "the refusal to ...

    by Jen Karetnick on January 6, 1993
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    Chain, Chain, Chain

    We left for Vegas in the early morning light, a cooler stocked with drinks in the back. It's barely a five-hour drive from LA, but once through the San Bernardino Mountains, most of it's desert travel. In my '84 Civic that, among other charms, did no...

    by Jen Karetnick on December 30, 1992
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    Tendril is the Night

    A social couple will often look for another couple that enjoys the same entertainments -- dining out, an evening of music, a shared bottle of good wine. They play doubles' tennis, take vacations together. House keys are exchanged with favors (can you...

    by Jen Karetnick on December 23, 1992
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    The Quick and The Fed

    7:47 p.m. Waiting for deliverance -- or delivery. I often confuse the two, especially where Charlotte's Chinese Kitchen is concerned, the sweetest cherry on the Washington Avenue tree. A meal from this restaurant can bridge the hungry gap betwee...

    by Jen Karetnick on December 16, 1992
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    Filled and Stream

    Rivers have been invested with so much symbolism they've become a literary tradition. Samuel Clemens made us all believe a trip down the river was the great American adventure. Joseph Conrad convinced us it was an avenue into the amoral soul. For Nor...

    by Jen Karetnick on December 9, 1992
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    A Brick Oven Beauty

    For centuries wine has been offered in invitation and friendship to visitors of the home. In many households, particularly European ones, wine is the refreshment of choice. Sometimes this wine is actually made by the owner of the home. Perhaps this i...

    by Jen Karetnick on December 2, 1992
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    Season's Greetings

    Despite the arrival of November and its early nightfalls, the foliage of South Florida typically remains unmarked by the golds and rusts of organic rot. Migratory birds tread the Earth as if they changed their minds about flight. Breezes groove to a ...

    by Jen Karetnick on November 25, 1992
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    Barely Brazilian

    When Brazil won independence from Portugal and waved for the first time the flag of its own nation in 1822, cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo experienced an astonishing wave of immigration. A German contingent was followed by a wave of Italian...

    by Jen Karetnick on November 18, 1992
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    The 411 on Four One One

    When budding chef Sharon Feldman pulled up her Boston roots to move to Miami, she had her doubts. Was she leaving mecca -- a position at Cambridge's prestigious Michelas -- for a city barren of opportunity? After all, she recognized only a couple of ...

    by Jen Karetnick on November 11, 1992
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    Signature Blues

    Like caviar and steak tartare, sushi appeared in the early Eighties as an elitist fad. The corporate business world shared it like stock tips; Valley girls served it as party favors. To young urban professionals sushi signified arrival at a certain l...

    by Jen Karetnick on November 4, 1992
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